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holds clear and progress and prosperity but the standards of our region and afghanistan. now will afghanistan, 10 years from now be a very prosperous country? will they have resolved all the difficulties? will afghanistan be a super power? no. but afghanistan will be a country that will be moving forward. education will grow better. thousands of students will graduate in our own universities. thousands more will come from studies abroad who are now studying abroad. the democracy and institutions that democracy requires will grow, there will be more elections. there will be more institutional reform. there will be a better government but afghanistan will continue to face problems, there may be violence and there might be other challenges as we move forward but the speed of progress will move and will not stop. will afghanistan remember the united states as a country that helped or a country that did not help? definitely afghanistan will remember the united states as a country that helped. definitely afghanistan will remember that it was the u.s. assistance that brought so much
.s. troops in afghanistan. the leaders also said that president obama agreed to place detainees under the afghan government. again, waiting for afghan president hamid karzai. georgetown university is also where the u.s. women's council is located. again, waiting here at georgetown university, we're live tonight waiting for hamid karzai. he met with president obama and they spoke at a press conference earlier today. we're going to bring you that press conference again tonight you can watch it here at 8:00 p.m. eastern here on c-span. the two leaders have agreed to speed up slightly the move afghan forces into the lead in that country. the u.s. troops shifting to a support role, currently 66,000 troop u.s. troops in afghanistan. we're going to bring you inaugural information and coverage but back to president karzai, the president of afghanistan preparing to speak. [applause] >> good evening, everyone. welcome to our distished guests from all around the world, especially afghanistan, our faculty, students, colleagues and friends. the u.s. afghan women's council at georgetown dwruferte i
. numbers are not going to make a difference to the situation in afghanistan. it's the broader relationship that will make a difference to afghanistan and beyond in the region. the specifics of numbers are issues that the military will decide and afghanistan will have no particular concern. when we're talking of numbers and how they are calculated. afghan interests. >>. >> translator: the government of afghanistan i would like to ask the question in my own language. mr. president, combative mission united states after 2014, how this mission will be, how will it be resembling, resembling the same mission as it was during 11 years? or is there a difference? different kind of mission. those who are in pakistan, particularly the safe havens that are in pakistan, what kind of policy will you have. thank you. >> the mission will be fundamentally different. just to repeat. our main reason, should we have troops in afghanistan post 2014 at the invitation of the afghan government will be to make sure that we are training, assisting and afghan security forces who have now taken the lead for and are r
such as what kind of agreements will be signed between the united states and afghanistan are important and many others. let me turn to the three speakers each of, will speak between 6-10 minutes. we will open it up to questions and dialogue that. let me start with a gem. >> my responsibilities for afghanistan go back to 2001. i think it is fair to say, at least the current regime in kabul. i start by looking back and try to spot the things we did wrong at the time fundamental errors. i received at the time and tried to do something which the film to do entirely and did nothing about. >> one was a decision not to deploy any international peacekeepers and enter the country. no police force and no army and we decided security will be an afghan responsibility. i think that was a major mistake. the second was to allow the coalition that we built for the war and peace conference for the bond conference to disintegrate. peron had be helpful. at this don had be actively not unhelpful. we failed to keep up to the standard and to succeed in addition to the years. the third carriage that we've failed to p
people and argue for immunity for u.s. troops in afghanistan in a way that afghan sovereignty will not be compromised, in a way that afghan law will not be compromised, in a way that the provisions that we arrive at through talks will give the united states the satisfaction of what it seeks and will also provide the afghan people the benefits that they are seeking through this partnership and the subsequent agreement. >> do you have any sense of how many troops you would be willing -- >> that's not for us to decide. it's issue for the united states. numbers are not going to make a difference to the situation in afghanistan. it's the broader relationship that will make a difference to afghanistan and beyond in the region. the specifics of numbers are issues the military will decide and afghanistan will have no particular concern when we are talking of numbers and how they're deployed. afghan press? english speaking press? >> i am correspondent for araianna division, kabul, afghanistan. i prefer to ask my question to my own language. [ speaking foreign language ] >> translator:
reconstruction efforts in afghanistan said the u.s. risks losing billions of dollars without proper oversight of the projects. those remarks same at the same time that president karzai. this is 50 mens. >> thank you very much. and thank you very much for everyone showing up this afternoon. they were very generous comments and i am honored to be here today at the stimson center, an institution named for and inspired by a man who helped to guide the nation through some of the most difficult challenges that we have ever faced. and an organization that i remember calling upon for guidance and assistance on many occasions, particularly when i was working for sam, who i had the pleasure to work with for about 17 years. i remember at the old offices, north of dupont circle, many a day talking to barry and mike and a team of experts on proliferation issues, loose nukes, chemical and biological warfare issues. so it's a great institution and it's an honor to come back here. this is only the second time i've been to your new office and it's fantastic. little did i know, two months ago approximately, wh
ordered to afghanistan have served with honor, they have completed their mission, and returned home this past fall. the transition is well underway, and soon nearly 90% of afghans will live in areas where afghan forces are in the lead for their own security. this year will mark another milestone. afghan forces will take the lead for security across the entire country, and by the end of next year, 2014, the transition will be complete. afghans will have full responsibility for their security, and this war will come to a responsible end. this progress is possible because of the incredible sacrifices of our troops and our diplomats, the forces of our many coalition partners, and the afghan people, who have endured. in this war, more than 2,000 american sons and daughters have had their lives ended, whom we honor forever, and as we announce today, in the next month i will present our nation paused highest military decoration, the medal of honor, to a staff sergeant for his service in afghanistan. today, president karzai and i have been able to review our shared strategy. with the devast
. ending the conflict in afghanistan and combatting gun violence here at home. two big topics as president obama prepares to hold a news conference minutes from now live from the white house. good day. i am andrea mitchell live in washington where we are awaiting hamid karzai and president obama who will be addressing reporters in the east room following their meetings on the pace of the u.s. troop withdrawals. one big disagreement? the white house suggestion this week of a zero option, a withdrawal of all u.s. troops after 2014 leaving no residual force at all, but, first, the big domestic issue here at home. what to do about gun violence. the white house is pushing back hard on suggestions that they do not believe they can win a ban on assault weapons, and are focussing on other options. in fact, a senior administration official tells me within the hour that an assault weapons ban and background checks are both going to be in the final set of proposals that go to the president despite all reports to the controversy. the nra president who met with vice president biden yesterday is drawing
to be joined by former top commander in afghanistan. he's written a new memoir with america's take on war and career. his book is "my share of the task" and he joins me now. general x e, good to have you here. >> thanks for having me. >> i want to ask you about the book. part of what you discuss are leadership lessons you learned from previous commanders that you would like to pass onto future commanders. you are part of a generation of military leadership that is now experienced two wars in the past decade. how has that changed the military? how has it changed how wars will be fought? >> it changed it pretty dramatically, the military. i entered in '72 and outlined in my story i had a sort of forrest gump-like experience. much of that culminated after 9/11. many changes has begun before but after 9/11 we got it in perspective. and then we were forced to change again dramatically because the military we created had some good foundations, we had corrected many of the things that had eroded in vietnam, but we weren't right for a new information age war. also, we found that the pace in which
. there's important news tonight for our troops in afghanistan and their families. at the white house today the president said afghan troops will take the lead for security this spring earlier than expected. after a meeting with the afghan president, mr. obama also endorsed peace talks with the enemy, the taliban. major garrett is covering at the white house for us tonight. major? >> reporter: scott, the president has long encouraged the afghan government to seek peace with taliban fighters who infiltrate from neighboring pakistan. today for the first time mr. obama said those talks are specific enough that they deserve a formal home. >> president karzai updated me on the afghan government's road map to peace and today we agreed that this process should be advanced by the opening of a taliban office to facilitate talks. >> reporter: prospects for peace remain dim and taliban aggression when fighting resumes this spring is not expected to let up. but the u.s. combat role will never be the same. >> our troops will continue to fight alongside afghans when needed, but let me say it as pla
.s. afghanistan relations. the first, president obama and afghan president karzai speak at a joint news conference from the white house. all of by president karzai's remarks at georgetown university. >> now, today's news conference with president obama and afghan president hamid karzai. as talks continue about the us mission in afghanistan after 2014. president karzai also met today with defense secretary leon panetta and secretary of state hillary clinton. as is about 40 minutes -- this is about 40 minutes. >> it is my pleasure to welcome president karzai back to the white house as well as his delegation. we last saw each other during the nato summit in chicago, a city that reflects the friendship between our peoples, including many afghan-americans and the karzai family. mr. president, welcome. we meet at a critical moment. the 33,000 additional forces i ordered to afghanistan have served with honor, they have completed their mission, and returned home this past fall. the transition is well underway, and soon nearly 90% of afghans will live in areas where afghan forces are in the lead for their
, and long mission with afghanistan. like so many military families the haley's have children, ten-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter and south carolina senator lindsey graham was also on hand to send captain haley off. pictures tell you so much, so easy to forget about what the families, whether it's the governor and her family or regular folks go through as you go about your day job and think about the folks overseas serving our country. god bless them. well, over in colorado, a little controversy being created by some proposed new rules and underaged drinking. state has caused a fuss by recently legalizing marijuana and one is introducing laws for 18-year-olds in bars as long as they have parents. >> and that's state senator greg brofree and so the legislature could vote on this thing. the deal is, as you can say you can drink if you're with your parents, 18 and over, as long as you and your parents have identification to prove you're related. and here now is the senator. >> i recognize there may be some people who don't like it, again, i have to ask you, if you're trusted to
with former ambassadors and policy leaders on the future of afghanistan. afghan president hamid karzai is in washington for meetings with president obama. >> involved in people in the audience are involved and we followed up on that work continuously over the last several years. this is the latest installment if you will. we all know that we are at an infection point of afghanistan. a lot of important decisions coming. president karzai is here to meet with president obama. that meeting will take place friday. and shake the contours of that meeting. we have ambassador james dobbins, former ambassador of afghanistan among many others, and we have ambassador riaz mohammed khan of among other posts was a foreign minister and also investor in china. we have ambassador said jawad, ambassador of afghanistan to the united states all of whom have been intimately involved with respect to issues regarding afghanistan, regarding the region. we called the event back to the future. some people have spoken to me before about this and what do we really mean by that. we will let that emerge as the disc
the united states. she used those visits to seek international support for reform in myanmar. >>> afghanistan's president hamid karzai is meeting barack obama at the white house on friday. it will be a critical meeting to negotiate the scale of any long-term u.s. military presence in the war-torn country. ahead of those talks karzai on thursday met with leon panetta at the pentagon. the secretary of defense says the military campaign is reaching its final chapter. >> after a long and difficult task, we finally are, i believe, at the last chapter of establishing an afghanistan, a sovereign afghanistan, that can govern and secure itself for the future. >> afghanistan will, with the help that they provide be able to provide security to its people and to protect its borders. >> panetta said he and karzai made good progress but he declined to say whether they had agreed the size of the u.s. force that will remain in afghanistan. >> after a long and difficult path, we are finally, i believe, at the last chapter of establishing in afghanistan, a sovereign afghanistan that can govern and secure itsel
to say just going forward is on the future of afghanistan, i could not agree more with what anand was thing about the money issue in afghanistan. i wrote a paper published here by new america called russian roulette, and i forget the subtitle, that runs through and as a comparison of the last days of the russian occupation in afghanistan in the late '80s with where we are today. frankly, i don't think from a sustainability of the afghan government standpoint we have done much better. and that's pretty depressing but i think that's the case. and we may have been worse. i think that a lot of ways you can make a strong argument that he was a more dynamic and creatively within hybrid car site. so the last thing though is where do we go going forward. and i think especially in the process. we had a strategy of very effective tactics, meaning the drone strikes. those aren't going to defeat the taliban and they're not going to fundamentally defeat al qaeda, in my view. i think they will suppress the taliban and al qaeda. and i think it's possible that al qaeda, in particular, will sort o
to afghanistan. the then-head of the council became the national security adviser, jim jones. we followed up on the work continuously over the last several years. this is the latest installment, if you will. i think you all know we are at an inflection point, with respect to afghanistan. a lot of important decisions coming. president karzai is here to meet with president obama on friday. what is said here, i am sure, will shape the contours of that meeting. we have ambassador james dobbins, who was our u.s. ambassador to afghanistan, among many other things. he is now at the rand institute. we have ambassador kahn, who was the foreign minister, and i believe is the ambassador to china. we have the ambassador of afghanistan to the united states. all of whom have been intimately involved with respect to the important issues regarding pakistan, with respect to the important issues regarding the region. we called the event "back to the future." some people have spoken before about this, and what we mean by that. i think we will let that emerged as the discussion goes on. we know we have a lot of
in afghanistan ahead of the u.s. withdrawal planned for 2014. their press conference lasted about 40 minutes. so mr. president welcome. we meet at a critical moment. the 33,000 additional forces that i ordered to afghanistan have served with honor, they've completed their mission and as promised returned home this past fall. the transition is well under way and soon nearly 90% of afghans will live in areas where afghanistan forces are be in the lead for their own security. this year will mark another milestone. afghan forces will take the lead for security across the entire country and by the end of next year, 2014, the transition will be complete. afghans will have full responsibility for their security and this war will come to a responsible end. this progress is only possible because of the incredible sacrifices of our troops and our diplomats, the forces of our many coalition partners, and the afghan people who have endured extraordinary hardship. in this war more than 2,000 of american's sons and daughters have given their lives. these are patriots that we honor today, tomorrow, and forever
pleased to talk to you about my year in afghanistan. i'd like to thank the san francisco fleet week association, lewis loeven, specifically, major general myat, always a mentor, former secretary of state schultz and mrs. schultz, mrs. perry, honored to be in your presence. the uss makin island, chief of the fairest city in the world, san francisco, and he esteemed professionals. this is nice, i'm going to move south of here and take you to afghanistan. as you know we have marines, soldiers, sailors in afghanistan currently, but i'm going to bring you to when i was there during 2010 and 2011 after the president decided to surge the forces. first marine decision, first marine expeditionary force forward entered southwest afghanistan during 2009. we arrived in 2010 so it was a bit more stable. and we went straight to helman and nimruz province. very complex dynamic environment that we were operating in but before i begin it talk to you about the operational picture, i just want to give you a snapshot of afghanistan. when we got there i want to set the frame here so you understand
we will talk about relations between the us and afghanistan and the afghan president's visit to washington this week. urnal" is next. >> good morning and welcome to "washington journal." it is tuesday, january 83 u.s. banks agreed to pay out more than $20 billion in two settlements arising from the mortgage crisis. at the supreme court, justices turned with a challenge to president obama's policies on government-funded stem cell research and the court also scheduled oral arguments in two gay marriage cases for march. president obama nominated former nebraska republican chuck hagel to head up the defense department and john brennan to take over at the cia. hamid karzai is coming to washington later this week, the headlines this morning about president obama's foreign policy agenda for 2013 -- we want to hear from you -- what are the challenges in 2013 on the foreign-policy front? the numbers are on your screen. send us a tweet or post your comments on facebook. also send us an e-mail. we are getting your reaction today to the nominations put out by the white house yesterday. p
. there is plenty. first, the future of the u.s. troop presence in afghanistan and the security of that country, hamid karzai having lunch with president obama this hour. the two leaders hold a news conference in the next hour. president karzai's visit will help determine how many u.s. troops will remain in afghanistan after the drawdown in 2014. chris lawrence joins us. the white house floated the idea of a zero option, if you like, leaving no troops behind in afghanistan. what's the pentagon think of that and a lot of these people say that really complaint hean'. >> i would say at this point everything is probably still on the table, but you're right, that number zero definitely raise some had eyebrows inside the pentagon. in fact during a press conference yesterday, leon panetta said the stronger position that we take about staying committed and staying in afghanistan, you know, that's how we're going to ultimately get a political reconciliation. in other words, he felt that signaling that the u.s. may pull out all of its troops would weaken the negotiating position about those negotiations
is the military side. people who may not be on the ground in afghanistan leading fighters but directing the insurgency on the day-to-day level. they either distressed u.s. intentions lower point* through the 2002 through 2004 period and many are people that did try to cut the deals and were rebuffed so know are on the military side. said talking to them as well there is a sense that they can reconstitute the '90s taliban. so if they hold on a little bit longer they can do that. but it is to understand the different position those with ordinary afghans with a focus on the troop number and talking whether there is 6,000 or 3,000 troops in afghanistan. that is important in the village where it is thought they would say they don't want any troops but in my discussion they don't think about it which is what we face today is a question of state formation. and in 2004. what i mean by that is and attempting to build the afghan state what happened was on the one hand they put money into kabul but at the same time we had independent and unilateral agreements in the periphery. with the private mil
in america and around the globe. more than 10 years, u.s. forces have been at war in afghanistan, but today the leaders of both countries stood side by side in washington to announce that they are accelerating the all important and over. by this spring, afghan security forces are expected to take the lead across the country, with u.s. troops shifting fully to a support role. >> this is america's longest war. forged from the attacks on the york and washington, launched across the desert and mountains of afghanistan. a fight against al qaeda that soon became a war against a virulent insurgency. now more than 10 years since it began, the mission is about to end. it is the job of these two men to chart how that happens and what comes next in afghanistan. >> let me say this as plain as i can. starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission, train, advising, assisting afghan forces. afghans will have full responsibility for their security and this war will come to irresponsible and. -- will come to a responsible end. >> i bring the news of afghanistan standing shoulder to shoulder
in isaf in afghanistan where he pursued a strategic of counterinsurgency. that assignment would be his last in the military, an article called the run away general which appeared in rolling stone magazine in june 2010 forced his resignation. >> the war is bigger than any one man or woman, whether a private, a general or a president. as difficults a it is to lose general mcchrystal i believe it is the right thing to do for our security. the conguk in the recently published article does not meet the standard that should be set by a commanding general. it under mines the civilian control of the military that is at the core on our democratic system. and it erodes the trust that's necessary for our team to work together to achieve our objectives in afghanistan. >> rose: i am pleased to have general stanley mcchrystal back at this table. welcome. >> thank you charlie. >> rose: i want to go from today to there and all the way back to west point. there has been an investigation of what happened in the conversation. what was the result of that investigation? >> without the exact quote, and i
that's what the president said is going to happen this spring in afghanistan. that's same transition. the president announced a newly sped up timetable for how the war will wind down in afghanistan. >> today we agree that as afghan forces take the lead and as president karzai announcing the final phase of the transition, coalition forces will move to a support role this spring. starting this spring our troops will have a different mission. training, advicing and assisting afghans. it will be a historic moment. >> they will move to a support role this spring. that does not mean everybody will come home immediately. remember, 50,000 americans stayed on in iraq after the announcement in september 2010. and it wasn't like the danger level for those americans dropped to zero. just being there was still dangerous, and we did still have some americans and some americans wounded in that last year of being there after the change in mission. but this is what ending it looks like. president obama today saying today that it will still be a dangerous environment, that we will still need to do for
to happen this spring in afghanistan, that same transition. in a surprise announcement, the president today announced a newly sped-up timetable for how the war is going to wind down in afghanistan. >> today we agreed that as afghan forces take the lead, and as president karzai announces the final phase of the transition, coalition forces will move to a support role this spring. our troops will continue to fight alongside afghans when needed, but let me say it as plainly as i can. starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission -- training, advising, assisting afghan forces. it will be a historic moment. >> it will be a historic moment. coalition forces will move to a support role this spring. now, like we saw in iraq, this does not mean that everybody is going to come home immediately this spring. remember, 50,000 americans stayed on in iraq after the announcement in september 2010. and it wasn't like the danger level for those americans dropped to zero. just being there was still dangerous, and we did still have some americans and some americans wounded in that last year of
in afghanistan, that same transition. in a surprise announcement, the president announced a newly spedup timetable for how the war will wind down in afghanistan. >> today, we agree that as afghan forces take the lead and as president karzai announces the final phase of the transition, coalition forces will move to a support role this spring. our troops will continue to fight along afghans when needed. but let me say it as plainly as i can, starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission. training, advising, assisting, afghan forces. it will be an historic moment. >> coalition forces will move to a support role this spring. like we saw in iraq, this doesn't mean everyone will come home immediately. 50,000 americans stayed on in iraq after the announcement in september 2010. it wasn't like the danger level dropped to zero. being there was still dangerous and we had some americans killed and some americans wounded in that last year of being there after the change in mission. and this is what ended it. president obama saying today it will still be a dangerous environment. we w
the united states and pakistan. what is happening in afghanistan or soviet era, et cetera. now if you have a situation that's complex as that, then of course you know i think nobody will disagree today that the last ten years for the international forces in the united states and forth entire objectives of international forces has not been an easy one. there have been many setbacks, many, many challenges. so i think it was a classic case of everybody turning to, in some ways looking for easy answers and saying oh we're not winning, are we not doing well because pakistan was not cooperating. i think we have come at least half a circumstance fell not full circle. i would like to say full circle, i'm an optimist to a point where today all the points of divergence were considered to be a point of divergence but about stability in afghanistan, whether i.e.d.s, whether it is usage of tools of counterterrorism which we might feel counterproductive, i think we beginning to very much more intensive discussions, all of these are fast emerging to be points of convergence now. >> your references to dro
on the armed services committee stanley mcchrystal, the former commander of our troops in afghanistan. wells virginia's democratic senator joe manchin and loss an list mayoran -- los angeles marion antonio villaraigosa and amy walter and our own john dickerson. this is face the nation. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news in washington, "face the nation" with bob schieffer. >> schieffer: and good morning even again and we're going to begin with the senior republican, senator john mccain. senator thanks for being with us this morning. well the president made it pretty clear on friday, we're leaving afghanistan and perhaps sooner than some expected, and every report you hear from behind the scenes is we're going to keep very very few people there. what do you make of this, what's your take on all this? >> it's a one of a series of decisions the president has made basically irrelevanting his military advisors so whether it be in iraq which is now unraveling very significantly or whether it be the decisions about a surge and how many and how soon they leave. there's a series of decisions a
go to the afghan people and argue for immunity for u.s. troops in afghanistan in a way that afghan sovereignty would not be compromised, in a way that afghan law would not be compromised, in a way that the provisions that we arrive at through talks will give the united states the satisfaction of what it seeks and will also provide the afghan people the benefits that they are seeking through this partnership and the subsequent agreement. [ inaudible ] >> that's not for us to decide. it is an issue for the united states. numbers are not going to make a difference to the situation in afghanistan. it is the broader relationship that will make a difference to afghanistan and beyond in the region. the specifics of numbers are issues that the military will decide and afghanistan will have no particular concern when we're talking of numbers and how they're deployed. afghan press? english speaking press? >> i am correspondent for kabul, afghanistan. i will ask my question in my own language. [ speaking in foreign language ] >> translator: this mission will be hard. will it be resembling the
that it would be the week afghanistan -- that a certain president from a certain country would be in town. i remember conversations along the light of oh just going to be a formal gathering. just a few of us will get together and here i see c-span and that not of -- a lot of faces i see that i know both in and out of the government. i knew your background but i didn't know how good you were until today. all kidding aside, it is great to be here and talking about what really is a very important subject, no matter what day of the of the weekend wet week of the month or year it is. henry stimson reminded me a lot of sam nunn. like henry stimson, sam still does have a long and illustrious career in public surface but stimson did and he approached in the same way sam did and that is in a very classical and nonpartisan manner. i think mr. simpson, stick secretary stimson were alive today he would be taking the lead with his trademark judicious approach to the issues of afghanistan. he would be studying, he would be analyzing the challenges we now face in afghanistan. now he probably would speak th
. [applause] >> after meeting with afghanistan president karzai, president obama used his weekly address to talk about the role of the has played in preparing afghan troops to take full charge of army by the spring of 2014. and the newly sworn in senator gives a public address. >> hi, everybody. this week i welcomed resident karzai to the white house to discuss the way ahead in afghanistan. today i want to update you on how we will end this war, bring our troops home, and continue to rebuilding america. over the past four years, we have dealt devastating blows to al qaeda. we pushed the taliban out of their strong holds. the reason they went to war in the first place is now within reach. we want to ensure that al qaeda can never again use afghanistan to launch attacks against america. the 33 thousand additional forces that i ordered served with honor. they completed their mission. they returned last fall. this week we agreed that in spring afghan forces will take the lead across their country and our troops will shift to a supporting role. in the coming months, i will announce the next p
president karzai nounced today that u.s. troops in afghanistan would shift away from a combat role this spring. good evening. i'm judy woodruff. >> brown: and i'm jeffrey brown. on the newshour tonight, we look at the changing u.s.-afghanistan relationship after 11 years of war against al qaeda and the taliban with an endgame in sight. >> woodruff: then, margaret warner looks into the faa's decision to review boeing's troubled 787 dreamliner. >> brown: ray suarez talks with "washington post" reporter cecilia kang, who walks us through the high-tech offerings at this year's consumer electronics show. >> samsung came up with a very interesting 5.5 inch flexible screen that kind of makes you imagine all kinds of possibilities >> woodruff: plus mark shields and david brooks analyze the week's news. that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> and by bnsf railway. >> support also comes from carnegie corporation of new york, a foundation created to do what andrew carnegie called "real and permanent good." celebrating 100 years of
qaeda butt, and get out-- maybe someday. >> if you substitute afghanistan for mali, it sounds a heck of a lot like the united states' objective in afghanistan. >> in north mali you have islamic extremists, you have al qaeda, you have drug traffickers. this could become another afghanistan. >> this could be the next afghanistan. >> stephen: yes, the parallels are obvious. it's just like afghanistan, in that i don't know where mali is. [ laughter ] and the best part about this next afghanistan is that it won't be ours! the usa is nowhere near this thing. >> the us now today officially involved in the fight being waged by france in mali. >> us cargo jets have flown at least five missions in mali this week. >> stephen: sacre bleu! [ laughter ] so is france about to get themselves into an american-style quagmire, or is america about to get itself in a french style menage-a-quag? here to tell me is the director of the institute of french studies at nyu, edward berenson. thank you so much for join us -- joining us. okay. first of all, who or what is mali? and why do the french care? >> mali
viewers like you. thank you. >> woodruff: the future u.s. military role in afghanistan was front and center today as president obama met with afghan leader hamid karzai. they reported progress in their talks, and said the pace of the security transition will be expedited. at their first face-to-face meeting since may, the leaders announced they're accelerating the handoff from u.s. and coalition forces to afghan troops. >> let me say it as plainly as i can-- starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission: training, advising, assisting afghan forces. it will be an historic moment and another step toward full afghan sovereignty. >> in spring this year, the afghan forces will be fully responsible for providing security to the afghan people. and that the international forces, the american forces, will be no longer present in afghan villages. >> woodruff: afghanistan president hamid karzai has sharply complained that fighting in afghan villages is causing too many civilian casualties. and there've been other strains from koran burnings by american soldiers to deadly in
economic and political status afghanistan and what lies ahead for the country as the u.s. prepares to withdraw most of its forces next year. speakers include the former u.s. ambassador to the european union to the to union, the former ambassador and the former secretary of pakistan to be hosted by the atlantic council here in washington, this is about 90 minutes. >> we are delighted to have you all. we are delighted to have our distinguished guests. it's pretty rare i think that you get three extraordinary ambassadors sitting next to one another each of whom has tremendous familiarity with the subject. on the council itself has been working on these issues for quite a number of years. this is actually the fourth anniversary of the salvation center. some of you may remember a few years ago the council did a very substantial report with respect to afghanistan. the then head of the council and the national security adviser was involved with some of the people in the audience involved frigate and we followed up on some of that work continuously over the last several years could get thi
of america's war in afghanistan" . c-span: michael, why did you call the book "the operators: the wild and terrifying inside story of america's war in afghanistan"? >> other than "the operators: the wild and terrifying inside story of america's war in afghanistan" is what special forces call themselves. they call themselves special forces operators. it refers to special operators. i thought everyone involved in the conflict from diplomatics to journalists to public relations people, to aid workers had a bit of an operator in there to people in the white house to people in the embassy in afghanistan. c-span: you total all the time you spent in iraq and afghanistan and the number of trip you made, what are the numbers? >> guest: a lot of time in disr a lot more time in iraq an afghanistan. for the book i did four trips to afghanistan. a good chunk of -- i think i spent four of my last five christmases or four of the last six christmases in either baghdad or kabul or around that time. it's been since 2005 i've been it's been my life. c-span: you're old? >> guest: i'm now 31. it's been a l
in afghanistan at the end of nextbe year. now the timetable is moving up. leaders got together at the white house. national security correspondent jennifer griffin has the story. >> the first face to face meeting between barack obama and hamid karzai since last may when mr. obama committed to remaining in afghanistan after the end of combat operations in 2014. that commitment by the white house appeared to wane recently with the president's national security team telling the pentagon to send them recommendations that would involve no more than 9,000 troops. and leaking on the eve of karzai's arrival that the white house was considering a zero option. >> starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission. training, advising, assisting afghan forces. >> today hi announced it would transition ahead of schedule. plans that worry many in the pentagon as the president weighs how many troops to leave behind. the theory of zero troop option leaving no behind was a bluff to ensure they would grant immunity after 2014. >> nowhere do we have security agreement with country without immunity for t
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